With school coming to a close, the birthday party invites seem to be rolling in. Usually I will just head on out to our local Toys r Us and let the girls pick something out, but for some reason I decided I really wanted to give out some homemade dresses this time around. I think it was a combination of the growing pile of clutter in my girls room, the garage sales we were in the middle of coordinating, and the accumulating piles of gorgeous fabrics on my sewing table. Any which way you go, I decided a Forget Me Knot Dress was called for.
The problem I encountered after making said dress? Guilt.
I started to think about it, and felt so bad showing up to a kids birthday party with CLOTHES. I mean, I know my girls like dresses. But do they really want to open up boxes of clothes on their birthday? Wait a few more years, and they will be thrilled I’m sure…but not just yet.
That is when the idea of a Doll sized version of the Forget me Knot dress came to me.
My girls have 4 dolls that they are constantly changing, and that is not even bringing into count all of the teddy bears that tend to get in on the dress up action! HA!
So why not whip up a matching dress for a standard size little girl’s dolly to go with her brand new Forget me Knot dress?!!
Now I feel like Chloe has one rocking present to give her birthday celebrating friend.
I kept it very, VERY simple. It is not true to the main dress design, but rather a compliment. It keeps with the knot ties at the shoulders and the back, but the dress form is a basic A Line, rather than the full gathered skirt. When sewing for dolls, I try to keep it as easy as possible – 20 minutes or less.
Sure, maybe dollie’s bum will show a tad in the back…but at least I know my 3 year old can put that dress on and off all by herself, over and over and over and over and over again.
To make the 18″ Doll Knot Dress, you will need the pattern pieces found HERE.
Once you have your fabric pieces cut out, simply…
Place the lining and exterior fabric right sides together and sew all the way around, leaving a 3″ opening for turning.
|(Grey = Right side of fabric, White = Wrong Side)
Once you have sewn all the way around, turn your dress right side out through 3″ opening.
Use a blunted point (I like to use a larger wooden knitting needle) to push out all of the edges. Press and edge stitch, closing the 3″ opening within the stitches.
And there you have it, super easy, super simple, and perfectly matching.
A perfect present for any little girl on your list! You can find the pattern for sale for the original Forget Me Knot Dress below…or for more description information, in my shop HERE.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…
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